2003 Diamond Kings

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Description

2003 Diamond Kings is a 200-card set released in two series. The first 176 cards were issued as part of the regular Diamond Kings product, with the last 26 cards in the base set short-printed. Card #176 was a late addition to the product as is also SPed at a rate even scarcer than that of the other SPs. A typical 24-pack Hobby box should yield eight SPs, six parallels, two inserts, and either an autograph or a game-used memorabilia card.

The final 24 cards were randomly inserted into packs of 2003 DLP Rookie/Traded at the rate of one-per-box.

Distribution

Hobby: 24 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $4). 20 boxes per case.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Diamond Kings Series 176 - ? ?
short set 150 - ? ?
Rookies 9 - 1:6 1:6
Retired Players 16 - 1:6 1:6
DLP Rookie/Traded Series 24 - 1:24* 1:24*
Framed White (DK Series) 176 - ? ?
Framed White (DLP Series) 24 200 ? ?
Framed Grey (DK Series) 176 400 ? ?
Framed Grey (DLP Series) 24 100 ? ?
Framed Black (DK Series) 176 100 ? ?
Framed Black (DLP Series) 24 50 ? ?
DK Evolution 25 - 1:18 1:36
Heritage Collection 25 - 1:23 1:23
HOF Heroes Reprints 10 - 1:43 1:67
Team Timeline 10 1000 ? ?
Recollection 14 varies ? ?
Diamond Cut Collection 110 varies ? ?
Team Timeline Jerseys 10 100 ? ?
HOF Heroes Reprints Materials 10 50 ? ?
Recollection Autographs 78 varies ? ?

Checklist

Promos

Beckett Samples

Inserted into each January, 2003 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly was a 2003 Diamond Kings promo card. These cards partially-parallel the first 100 cards in the base set, but have the word "SAMPLE" stamped in silver foil on the back. On about 10% of the cards, SAMPLE is stamped in gold foil.

Base Set

Diamond Kings Series

1 Darin Erstad

2 Garret Anderson

3 Troy Glaus

4 David Eckstein

5 Jarrod Washburn

6 Adam Kennedy

7 Jay Gibbons

8 Tony Batista

9 Melvin Mora

10 Rodrigo Lopez

11 Manny Ramirez

12 Pedro Martinez

13 Nomar Garciaparra

14 Rickey Henderson

15 Johnny Damon

16 Derek Lowe

17 Cliff Floyd

18 Frank Thomas

19 Magglio Ordonez

20 Paul Konerko

21 Mark Buehrle

22 C.C. Sabathia

23 Omar Vizquel

24 Jim Thome

25 Ellis Burks

26 Robert Fick

27 Bobby Higginson

28 Randall Simon

29 Carlos Pena

30 Carlos Beltran

31 Paul Byrd

32 Raul Ibanez

33 Mike Sweeney

34 Torii Hunter

35 Corey Koskie

36 A.J. Pierzynski

37 Cristian Guzman

38 Jacque Jones

39 Derek Jeter

40 Bernie Williams

41 Roger Clemens

42 Mike Mussina

43 Jorge Posada

44 Alfonso Soriano

45 Jason Giambi

46 Robin Ventura

47 David Wells

48 Tim Hudson

49 Barry Zito

50 Mark Mulder

51 Miguel Tejada

52 Eric Chavez

53 Jermaine Dye

54 Ichiro Suzuki

55 Edgar Martinez

56 John Olerud

57 Dan Wilson

58 Joel Pineiro

59 Kazuhiro Sasaki

60 Freddy Garcia

61 Aubrey Huff

62 Steve Cox

63 Randy Winn

64 Alex Rodriguez

65 Juan Gonzalez

66 Rafael Palmeiro

67 Ivan Rodriguez

68 Kenny Rogers

69 Carlos Delgado

70 Eric Hinske

71 Roy Halladay

72 Vernon Wells

73 Shannon Stewart

74 Curt Schilling

75 Randy Johnson

76 Luis Gonzalez

77 Mark Grace

78 Junior Spivey

79 Greg Maddux

80 Tom Glavine

81 John Smoltz

82 Chipper Jones

83 Gary Sheffield

84 Andruw Jones

85 Kerry Wood

86 Fred McGriff

87 Sammy Sosa

88 Mark Prior

89 Ken Griffey, Jr.

90 Barry Larkin

91 Adam Dunn

92 Sean Casey

93 Austin Kearns

94 Aaron Boone

95 Larry Walker

96 Todd Helton

97 Jason Jennings

98 Jay Payton

99 Josh Beckett

100 Mike Lowell

101 A.J. Burnett

102 Jeff Bagwell

103 Craig Biggio

104 Lance Berkman

105 Roy Oswalt

106 Wade Miller

107 Shawn Green

108 Adrian Beltre

109 Hideo Nomo

110 Kazuhisa Ishii

111 Odalis Perez

112 Paul Lo Duca

113 Ben Sheets

114 Richie Sexson

115 Jose Hernandez

116 Vladimir Guerrero

117 Jose Vidro

118 Tomo Ohka

119 Andres Galarraga

120 Bartolo Colon

121 Mike Piazza

122 Roberto Alomar

123 Mo Vaughn

124 Al Leiter

125 Edgardo Alfonzo

126 Pat Burrell

127 Bob Abreu

128 Mike Lieberthal

129 Vicente Padilla

130 Marlon Byrd

131 Jason Kendall

132 Brian Giles

133 Aramis Ramirez

134 Kip Wells

135 Ryan Klesko

136 Phil Nevin

137 Brian Lawrence

138 Sean Burroughs

139 Mark Kotsay

140 Barry Bonds

141 Jeff Kent

142 Benito Santiago

143 Kirk Rueter

144 Jason Schmidt

145 Jim Edmonds

146 J.D. Drew

147 Albert Pujols

148 Tino Martinez

149 Matt Morris

150 Scott Rolen

151 Joe Borchard

152 Cliff Lee

153 Brian Tallet

154 Freddy Sanchez

155 Chone Figgins

156 Kevin Cash

157 Justin Wayne

158 Ben Kozlowski

159 Babe Ruth

160 Jackie Robinson

161 Ozzie Smith

162 Lou Gehrig

163 Stan Musial

164 Mike Schmidt

165 Carlton Fisk

166 George Brett

167 Dale Murphy

168 Cal Ripken, Jr.

169 Tony Gwynn

170 Don Mattingly

171 Jack Morris

172 Ty Cobb

173 Nolan Ryan

174 Ryne Sandberg

175 Thurman Munson

176 Jose Contreras RC


DLP Rookie/Traded Series

177 Hideki Matsui RC

178 Jeremy Bonderman RC

179 Brandon Webb RC

180 Adam Loewen RC

181 Chien-Ming Wang RC

182 Hong-Chih Kuo RC

183 Clint Barmes RC

184 Guillermo Quiroz RC

185 Edgar Gonzalez

186 Todd Wellemeyer

187 Dan Haren RC

188 Dustin McGowan

189 Preston Larrison

191 Kevin Youkilis

192 Bubba Nelson

193 Chris Burke RC

194 J.D. Durbin

195 Ryan Howard

196 Jason Kubel

197 Brendan Harris

198 Brian Bruney

199 Ramon Nivar RC

200 Rickie Weeks RC

201 Delmon Young RC


Parallels

Framed

All 200 base cards are available in the following Framed parallels.

  • White (DK Series: un-numbered; DLP Series: serial-numbered to 200 copies)
  • Grey (DK Series: serial-numbered to 400 copies; DLP Series: serial-numbered to 100 copies)
  • Black (DK Series: serial-numbered to 100 copies; DLP Series: serial-numbered to 50 copies)

Atlantic City National

Collectors who attended the 2003 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, and ripped three packs of Diamond Kings at Donruss-Playoff's corporate booth would be entitled to receive a special parallel from the 176 Diamond King Series base cards. Each card is serial-numbered to five copies and has an "Atlantic City National" logo embossed.

Chicago Collection

Similar to the Atlantic City set, collectors who attended the March, 2003 Chicago Sun-Times card show and opened three packs of 2003 Diamond Kings at the Donruss-Playoff corporate booth would receive a "Chicago Collection" parallel. Like the Atlantic City set, each card is serial-numbered to five copies and is embossed with a special logo.

Inserts

DK Evolution

DK Evolution is a lenticular set which shows the original Diamond King artwork along with the photograph it was based on.

DK-1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

DK-2 Ichiro Suzuki

DK-3 Randy Johnson

DK-4 Pedro Martinez

DK-5 Nolan Ryan

DK-6 Derek Jeter

DK-7 Kerry Wood

DK-8 Alex Rodriguez

DK-9 Magglio Ordonez

DK-10 Greg Maddux

DK-11 Todd Helton

DK-12 Sammy Sosa

DK-13 Lou Gehrig

DK-14 Lance Berkman

DK-15 Barry Zito

DK-16 Barry Bonds

DK-17 Tom Glavine

DK-18 Shawn Green

DK-19 Roger Clemens

DK-20 Nomar Garciaparra

DK-21 Tony Gwynn

DK-22 Vladimir Guerrero

DK-23 Albert Pujols

DK-24 Chipper Jones

DK-25 Alfonso Soriano


Heritage Collection

A special parallel distributed to attendees of the 2003 Hawaii Trade Show was distributed. These cards are embossed with a special logo and serial-numbered to 20 copies.

HC-1 Ozzie Smith

HC-2 Lou Gehrig

HC-3 Stan Musial

HC-4 Mike Schmidt

HC-5 Carlton Fisk

HC-6 George Brett

HC-7 Dale Murphy

HC-8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

HC-9 Tony Gwynn

HC-10 Don Mattingly

HC-11 Jack Morris

HC-12 Ty Cobb

HC-13 Nolan Ryan

HC-14 Ryne Sandberg

HC-15 Thurman Munson

HC-16 Ichiro Suzuki

HC-17 Derek Jeter

HC-18 Greg Maddux

HC-19 Sammy Sosa

HC-20 Pedro Martinez

HC-21 Alex Rodriguez

HC-22 Roger Clemens

HC-23 Barry Bonds

HC-24 Lance Berkman

HC-25 Vladimir Guerrero


HOF Heroes Reprints

This set features reprints of ten cards from the 1983 Donruss HOF Heroes set.

A special parallel distributed to attendees of the 2003 Hawaii Trade Show was distributed. These cards are embossed with a special logo and serial-numbered to 50 copies.

1 Bob Feller

2 Al Kaline

3 Lou Boudreau

4 Duke Snider

5 Jackie Robinson

6 Early Wynn

7 Yogi Berra

8 Stan Musial

9 Ty Cobb

10 Ted Williams


Team Timeline

Each Team Timeline card is serial-numbered to 1000 copies.

A special parallel distributed to attendees of the 2003 Hawaii Trade Show was distributed. These cards are embossed with a special logo and serial-numbered to 50 copies.

1 Nolan Ryan / Roy Oswalt

2 Dale Murphy / Chipper Jones

3 Stan Musial / Jim Edmonds

4 George Brett / Mike Sweeney

5 Tony Gwynn / Ryan Klesko

6 Carlton Fisk / Magglio Ordonez

7 Mike Schmidt / Pat Burrell

8 Don Mattingly / Bernie Williams

9 Ryne Sandberg / Kerry Wood

10 Lou Gehrig / Alfonso Soriano


Recollection

Each Recollection card is a buy-back of a Diamond King from a 1980s Donruss set. Each card is serial-numbered to the figures listed below.

5 Lou Boudreau

15 Roberto Clemente

18 Ty Cobb

44 Monte Irvin

48 Bob Lemon

66 Diamond King - Dan Quisenberry

69 Jackie Robinson

82 Diamond King - Willie Stargell

83 Diamond King - Willie Stargell

90 Ted Williams

92 Early Wynn

16 Roberto Clemente DK

34 Lou Gehrig DK

17 Ty Cobb DK


Autographs & Game-Used

Diamond Cut Collection

1 Barry Zito

2 Edgar Martinez

3 Jay Gibbons

4 Joe Borchard

5 Marlon Byrd

6 Adam Dunn

7 Torii Hunter

8 Vladimir Guerrero

9 Wade Miller

10 Alfonso Soriano

11 Brian Lawrence

12 Cliff Floyd

13 Dale Murphy

14 Jack Morris

15 Eric Hinske

16 Jason Jennings

17 Mark Buehrle

18 Mark Prior

19 Mark Mulder

20 Mike Sweeney

21 Nolan Ryan

22 Don Mattingly

23 Andruw Jones

24 Aubrey Huff

25 Rickey Henderson

26 Nolan Ryan

27 Ozzie Smith

28 Rickey Henderson

29 Jack Morris

30 George Brett

31 Cal Ripken, Jr.

32 Ryne Sandberg

33 Don Mattingly

34 Tony Gwynn

35 Dale Murphy

36 Carlton Fisk

37 Stan Musial

38 Lou Gehrig

39 Garret Anderson

40 Pedro Martinez

41 Nomar Garciaparra

42 Magglio Ordonez

43 C.C. Sabathia

44 Omar Vizquel

45 Jim Thome

46 Torii Hunter

47 Roger Clemens

48 Alfonso Soriano

49 Tim Hudson

50 Barry Zito

51 Mark Mulder

52 Miguel Tejada

53 John Olerud

54 Alex Rodriguez

55 Rafael Palmeiro

56 Curt Schilling

57 Randy Johnson

58 Greg Maddux

59 John Smoltz

60 Chipper Jones

61 Andruw Jones

62 Kerry Wood

63 Mark Prior

64 Adam Dunn

65 Larry Walker

66 Todd Helton

67 Jeff Bagwell

68 Roy Oswalt

69 Hideo Nomo

70 Kazuhisa Ishii

71 Vladimir Guerrero

72 Mike Piazza

73 Joe Borchard

74 Ryan Klesko

75 Shawn Green

76 George Brett

77 Ozzie Smith

78 Cal Ripken, Jr.

79 Don Mattingly

80 Babe Ruth

81 Dale Murphy

82 Rickey Henderson

83 Ivan Rodriguez

84 Marlon Byrd

85 Eric Chavez

86 Nomar Garciaparra

87 Alex Rodriguez

88 Vladimir Guerrero

89 Paul Lo Duca

90 Richie Sexson

91 Mike Piazza

92 J.D. Drew

93 Juan Gonzalez

94 Pat Burrell

95 Adam Dunn

96 Mike Schmidt

97 Ryne Sandberg

98 Edgardo Alfonzo

99 Andruw Jones

100 Carlos Beltran

101 Jeff Bagwell

102 Lance Berkman

103 Luis Gonzalez

104 Carlos Delgado

105 Jim Edmonds

106 Alfonso Soriano

107 Greg Maddux

108 Ty Cobb

109 Adam Dunn

110 Rickey Henderson


Team Timeline Jerseys

Each Team Timeline Jersey is serial-numbered to 100 copies.


HOF Heroes Reprints Materials

Each HOF Heroes Reprints Materials is serial-numbered to 50 copies.

1 Bob Feller

2 Al Kaline

3 Lou Boudreau

4 Duke Snider

5 Jackie Robinson

6 Early Wynn

7 Yogi Berra

8 Stan Musial

9 Ty Cobb

10 Ted Williams


Recollection Autographs

Each Recollection Autograph is signed on a buy-back from a 1980s Donruss set, and serial-numbered to the figures listed below.

1 Diamond King - Adrian Beltre

3 Diamond King - Lance Berkman

4 Diamond King - Lance Berkman

5 Diamond King - George Brett

6 Diamond King - George Brett

7 Diamond King - George Brett

8 Diamond King - George Brett

10 Diamond King - Jose Canseco

11 Diamond King - Gary Carter

12 Diamond King - Gary Carter

13 Diamond King - Will Clark

14 Diamond King - Eric Davis

15 Diamond King - Andre Dawson

16 Diamond King - Andre Dawson

17 Diamond King - Andre Dawson

18 Diamond King - Andre Dawson

21 Diamond King - Lenny Dykstra

22 Diamond King - Jim Edmonds

25 Diamond King - Carlton Fisk

26 Diamond King - Carlton Fisk

27 Diamond King - Carlton Fisk

28 Diamond King - Carlton Fisk

29 Diamond King - Dwight Gooden

30 Diamond King - Dwight Gooden

31 Diamond King - Shawn Green

32 Diamond King - Tony Gwynn

33 Diamond King - Tony Gwynn

34 Diamond King - Tony Gwynn

35 Diamond King - Tony Gwynn

36 Diamond King - Orel Hershiser

37 Diamond King - Tim Hudson

38 Diamond King - Kazuhisa Ishii

39 Al Kaline

43 Diamond King - Greg Maddux

44 Diamond King - Greg Maddux

45 Diamond King - Greg Maddux

46 Diamond King - Don Mattingly

47 Diamond King - Don Mattingly

48 Diamond King - Don Mattingly

49 Diamond King - Don Mattingly

51 Diamond King - Paul Molitor

52 Diamond King - Jack Morris

53 Diamond King - Dale Murphy

54 Diamond King - Dale Murphy

55 Diamond King - Roy Oswalt

56 Diamond King - Roy Oswalt

57 Diamond King - Tony Perez

58 Diamond King - Manny Ramirez

59 Diamond King - Harold Reynolds

60 Diamond King - Alex Rodriguez

61 Diamond King - Alex Rodriguez

62 Diamond King - Nolan Ryan

63 Diamond King - Nolan Ryan

64 Diamond King - Nolan Ryan

65 Diamond King - Mike Schmidt

66 Diamond King - Mike Schmidt

67 Diamond King - Mike Schmidt

69 Diamond King - Gary Sheffield

71 Diamond King - Ozzie Smith

72 Diamond King - Shannon Stewart

73 Diamond King - Don Sutton

78 Diamond King - Dave Winfield

76 Mark Teixeira DK

77 Bernie Williams DK

74 So Taguchi DK

75 Dennis Tankersley DK

70 Bud Smith DK

68 Mike Schmidt TL

50 Don Mattingly TL

42 Ryan Ludwick DK

41 Kenny Lofton DK

40 Al Kaline DK

24 Robert Fick DK

23 Mark Ellis DK

20 J.D. Drew DK

19 Jorge DeLaRosa DK

2 Brandon Berger DK

9 Mark Buehrle DK


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